Just 4 Months Away
Smart Strike was the leading sire in 2007, thanks in part to Curlin, and there's a chance his son Hyrule could participate in the Triple Crown this year. But can anyone defeat the great War Pass? The winner of the Champagne Stakes and Breeders Cup Juvenile almost looks like a man among boys. The son of Cherokee Run is the 12-to-1 favorite in the future wagering. Pyro is next at 15-to-1, followed by Colonel John, Etched and Majestic Warrior. When I saw Bob Baffert's expensive colt named Maimonides romp in a Maiden at Saratoga last summer, I had a feeling I was watching the next Derby winner up close. He came back with a dud, however, and is sitting there with 50-to-1 odds. Some of my favorite three-year-old names are Court Vision, Gold Coyote and Dixie Chatter. Can you picture any of those wearing the roses?